Interdisciplinary Materials Science Program

Application Requirements

Applicants normally have a BS, MS or equivalent degree in the physical sciences or engineering. A masters degree is not required to apply to the Ph.D. program. Apply for the highest  degree you wish to obtain when you apply.

Most graduate students are admitted in the fall semester. In order to be considered for financial aid, applications must be completed by January 15 for fall admission. Decisions for fall semester will be mailed by March 31 to all applicants whose files are complete by January 15. 



Scan and upload your transcripts into your online application for each college or university listed. Do not mail your official transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation

The University requires three to five letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications. On your application, you will be asked to provide the e-mail addresses of your recommenders. Vanderbilt will contact your recommenders by e-mail and provide them with a link to a web site, a password, and instructions on how to submit the recommendation online. Online recommendations are instantly attached to your application. 

Statement of Purpose

This is an important part of your application. You may type your statement online, copy it into the online application from a word processor, or upload a file containing your statement of purpose.

Graduate Record Examination/GRE:

General test is required, subject test is not required for the Materials Science program.  Institutional code: 1871, department code 1403.


The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or   International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required for all applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a degree at an English-speaking university.  

Additional Information:

The entire application process if electronic, there is a place on the last page to load additional supplemental documents, examples include published papers and letters of scholarship notification.  Documents submitted by mail will not be received along with the application. 

Visit the Frequently asked questions for the Materials Science Application

If you experience any problems when applying, please contact Sarah Satterwhite  615-343-6868, for direct assistance.


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